I'm an APPA-certified Philosophical Counselor, with 2 years training and 1 year client service at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, NYC, a tenured Professor of Philosophy (CUNY), a Meditation and Yoga Instructor, and 4th-degree blackbelt. I've taught philosophy, meditation, and yoga, on campus and in the community, for about 20 years, seen clients as a Philosophical Practitioner, a Gestalt Psychotherapist (under supervision), and a Yoga Therapist. I've conducted many Socratic Dialogues, Philosophy Cafes, Meditation groups and series, and Yoga classes and workshops, in a wide variety of venues, to thousands of clients and students.
I customize a variety of Counseling services, using a whole-person (or group) approach addressing beliefs, views, perspectives, values, experiences, emotions, desires, goals, choices, identity, narrative, etc., primarily through Philosophical Dialogue, but employing a variety of multiple modalities as they seem appropriate or useful within the context of a particular session. The immediate goal is resolving the present issue; the greater goal is cultivating the client's inner philosopher.
I have training in Gestalt, Philosophical Counseling, Socratic Dialogue, Meditation, Yoga, and Spirituality (having studied with Ram Dass and other noted spiritual figures). I've been in Gestalt Therapy as a client since 2003 and have been teaching Philosophy, Meditation, and Yoga for over 20 years. I specialize in philosophical, spiritual, and existential indigestion. My main philosophical research interests revolve around exploring consciousness, mental freedom, mindfulness meditation, free will, mental causation, and the relationships between them, as well as the philosophy of religion, philosophy of spirituality, ethics, contemplative philosophy, and contemplative practices.

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As a Philosophical Counselor, I focus on problem-solving (e.g., relationship change/repair, career issues, self-esteem, anxiety, etc.), agency (self-inquiry, self-cultivation, self-empowerment, free will, weakness of will, moral responsibility), reason vs. spirituality (faith, doubt, meditation, transcendence, mysticism, etc.), and existential exploration (finding meaning, value, and purpose).

My clients have included licensed psychologists, life coaches, couples, teenagers handling divorcing parents, individuals in addiction recovery, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, individuals struggling with generalized anxiety, test taking anxiety, and spirituality, individuals searching for meaning, individuals seeking guidance with meditation practices, and, among others, individuals with philosophical curiosity, belief confusion, or moral dilemmas. I am open to working on any topic.

Additional modalities: mindfulness, CBT, Gestalt, life coaching. I employ whichever combination of techniques that seem appropriate based on the nature of the session and/or on my ongoing familiarity with the client's growth and probable receptivity, as testable hypotheses, to be adjusted through the intuitive flow of reciprocal dialogue.

Member, Board of Directors of APPA; APPA faculty member; fellow, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Full Professor of Philosophy, CUNY/Kingsborough Community College; PhD, CUNY Graduate School (2005), on metacognition and agency

Author of four books and dozens of articles and chapters on free will, meditation, and Buddhism, as well as articles on the philosophy of religion, contemplative education, the ethics of teaching, depolarization, etc.

Podcaster: https://www.leveltopower.com

Philosophy cafe facilitator: https://www.rickrepetti.com/philosophy-cafe

Meditation and Yoga practitioner since 1973; instructor of both since 1999

Martial artist: 4th degree Blackbelt Shotokan karate

The Buddha, Socrates, J. Krishnamurti, Ram Dass

"Be here now!" - Ram Dass